Today I am reviewing Simplicity 8268, a pattern for “slim fit knit jogger pants.” Here is Simplicity’s pattern description: “Make these easy-to-sew knit joggers for the entire family. Pattern is sized for adults, teens and children. Look for fabrics such as French terry, ponte, interlock or velour for best results.”
My most important requirement for a pattern is comfort. I’m a busy mom of two energetic boys and I seldom have the energy to wear (or sew) anything fancy or complicated. Simplicity 8268 proved to be right up my alley.
Size range: This pattern includes children’s, teens, and adult sizes. Adult sizes run from extra small to extra large (31”-49” hip measurement).
What size did you make? I made a size XL, which accommodates 47”-49” hip measurements.
What are your measurements, height, and body type?
My bust measurement is 44.5 inches, waist measurement is 41.5 inches, and my hips measure 50 inches. I am 5 feet 5 inches tall. My body type is between a pear shape and a spoon shape.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
This pattern required no adjustments.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
The construction process was easy. I am partial to pants patterns anyway because they are easiest for me to put together. The instructions were straightforward and I did not get stuck on anything.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
I love the fit! They are absolutely the most comfortable item I have ever made. You can’t really go wrong with knit fabrics anyway. I went with a ponte for the gray/white pair and what I believe is an interlock jersey for the colorful pair. I’m not sure about that second fabric, it’s some 1980s vintage fabric I scored at an estate sale. The fact that this design is made for double knits makes it a perfect design for my body shape. The pants hug me in all the right places.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Yes I will, again and again. I have 6 fabrics on my cutting table waiting to be turned in to these joggers. I do not plan on making any changes.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources that helped you sew this piece up?
Luckily you should not need any special resources to complete this pattern. It’s awesome for a beginner, especially if you’re getting acquainted with knits. Working with double knits is a bit easier than lighter knits. This pattern was definitely a confidence booster for me!
Size Range: 3
Construction Process: 5
Final Fit: 5
Overall Rating: 4.5
This pattern is my favorite of all patterns I’ve made. While I like the challenge of sewing, it is always nice to get a pattern that does not leave you questioning your skills and sanity. I was able to cut and sew this up fairly quickly. I experienced no anxiety or frustration during the process. I believe most curvy sewers will be pleased with the construction of this pattern, especially when paired with the perfect double knit. The only complaint is that the sizes don’t go any larger.